Fake Viral

Man asking to boycott Reliance and Patanjali products misidentified as ‘Himalaya company’ owner

Written by Kaiz Shaikh

A video of a man urging people to boycott  Patanjali and Reliance products is viral with a claim that the person is the owner of Himalaya company. The man goes on saying that most of Ramdev’s money is being used to buy weapons for the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh).

Several social media users are sharing this video and appealing to boycott Himalaya’s products. A Twitter user ‘Laxman Singh rajguru‘ shared the video with the following claim:

“ये मुल्ला Himalaya कम्पनी का मालिक है , वक्त है इसके भाषण को सुनिए विचार कीजिए और सतर्क हो जाइए , आयुर्वेदिक मेडिसिन से ब्यूटि प्रॉडक्ट्स बनाता है liv52 syrup se lekar himaliya neem Herbtulsi aur hand sensitiser tak सभी ग्रूप में डालिए और ख़रीदना बंद कीजिए खुद व खुद घुटने पर आ जाए

(This mullah is the owner of Himalaya company, it is time to listen to his speech, think and be cautious, he makes beauty products from ayurvedic medicine, from liv52 syrup to Himalaya Neem, herbal tulsi and Sanitizer, share this in all your groups and stop buying his products then see how he will come to his knees)

Source: Twitter/Screenshot

The video is viral on Facebook with the same caption.

Source: Facebook/Screenshot

FactO Check

The video has the ‘Times Express: Voice of Democracy’ logo on it. Using a relevant keyword search, we found a YouTube video uploaded by a channel, “Times Express”. The 12-minute long video was uploaded on 25 January 2020 with a caption, “हिंदुस्तानी कहना बंद करो – भानु प्रताप सिंह! CAA पर मुसलमानों के बीच मचाया तहलका(Translation: Stop saying Hindustani – Bhanu Pratap Singh! Tehelka among Muslims on CAA). The viral portion of the speech can be found starting from 3:23.

Taking clues from the caption, we did a relevant keyword search and found the Twitter handle of Bhanu Pratap Singh. He is a Supreme Court Advocate and National President of Rashtriya Janhit Sangharsh Party

 

It is evident that the person in the viral video is Bhanu Pratap Singh, a Delhi-based advocate, not the owner of Himalaya. Also, the owner of Himalaya Drug company, M Manal passed away in 1986.

Conclusion

FactO found that a viral video claiming that the Himalaya company’s owner asked people to boycott Reliance and Patanjali products is false and misleading.

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